Agriculture Concerned About Biden’s 30X30 Proposal

The American Farm Bureau Federation is one of many ag groups calling on the Biden Administration to act responsibly when it comes to conservation. Biden’s goal to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, commonly known as “30X30,” is raising many questions. April Clayton with the Washington Farm Bureau said while […]

Washington Ag Community Warns No Action By Lawmakers Could Destroy Farm Economy

When the Washington Supreme court ruled in November that farm workers should receive time-and-a-half pay for work over 40 hours per week, it opened a bit of a Pandora’s Box. In their ruling, the High Court did not indicate if farm workers could seek retroactive pay for the previous three years, which has already triggered […]

Clayton: Local Labor Issues A Concern As Harvest Season Gets Underway

With cherries kicking off the 2020 harvest season across the Northwest, more and more farm laborers will descend on the area to ensure that produce gets to market in a timely fashion. As in most years, labor is a concern for growers across the region. And adding to that concern, is the impact the coronavirus […]

Logistics Present Problems For Farmers Already Struggling

It’s a bad one-two punch for the America farmer. As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the U.S., schools, restaurants and hotels canceled contracts, meaning millions of dollars worth of American Ag had no destination. And locations that could have used those commodities, could not receive them, because of a variety of logistical problems, and challenges […]

Washington Tree Fruit Industry Concerned About Thursday Pesticide Hearing

On Thursday, the Washington state Senate Ag, Water and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to debate legislation, looking at greatly reducing the use of, or in some cases banning organophosphate pesticides, such as chlorpyrifos.  Supporters of the legislation, Senate Bill 6518, say they are looking to protect mothers and children from these pesticides.   April […]

Clayton: Global G.A.P Good Program But Makes Farming More Challenging

April Clayton with the Chelan Douglas Farm Bureau says the Global G.A.P program has many strengths that benefit producers and consumers alike.  The international program allows products grown in the U.S. to be sold internationally, making the commodities more attractive to suppliers.  But she notes there are weaknesses making the program incredibly challenging for local […]